Jiffy aims for lowering the use of plastics for their growing media. Just recently Jiffy decided to switch from PE and PP plastics to PLA netting for all Jiffy Grow Blocks and Jiffy Pellets.
Lettuce; strong rooting on Jiffy Growblock PLA Netting
The PLA net is a light weight fine-fibre web, comprised of polylactic acid (PLA). This material is designed for horticultural processes. The PLA net is made from material based of corn starch. This is a renewable and sustainable source of raw ingredients. The PLA net is biodegradable and compostable under controlled conditions. It is certified to the European Norm of EN13432.
Benefits for customers
- From renewable source to compostable waste - Your crop will start its growth in a natural grow media, made from a renewable source. After harvesting your Jiffy Growblocks and waste plant material are compostable under controlled conditions.
- No glue or polyester components - The netting of Jiffy Growblocks and Jiffy Pellets contains no polyester and no glue components. By choosing these products for your greenhouse breeding and cultivation process you will be able to grow biobased.
- Time saving in waste management - Jiffy Growblocks and Jiffy Pellets with PLA netting, that are mainly used in greenhouses, will save customers time and money. As the Growblock and the surrounding net are completely compostable in an industrial composting process, there is no need for dividing the Growblock from the plant.
Peppers; strong rooting on Jiffy Growblock PLA Netting
By this decision approximately 100,000 kg of single use PE and PP plastics per year will no longer be in the production process of Jiffy.
Basil; strong rooting in Jiffy Pellet PLA Netting
Timing and roll-out
After a testing period of 4-5 years to find the best material for the crops, the roots, the production facilities and the environment, Jiffy started the process of replacing the ‘old netting foil’ mid 2019. On January 1st, 2020, 90% of all the Jiffy Growblocks and approximately 25% of Jiffy Pellets are already produced and delivered with the new PLA netting. The company strives to be on a 100% PLA netting production on December 31st, 2021.
Tagetes Patula: strong rooting on Jiffy Growblock PLA Netting